One More Step, Taken

I have been working more on my Sprenkil doodles, and I’m getting a clearer picture (ha ha) of the imagery and composition. As much as I love watercolor and acrylic illustrations, I long ago gave up on learning to paint. I once had a brief romance with oils, but in the end there were always other interests, other priorities, other hobbies that won my time.

You can imagine my delight when my search for new colored pencils led me to this gem. When you add water, the pencil drawing transforms into a watercolor painting!

I was so excited by the thought I bought them immedietly.

They arrived a couple days ago, and yesterday I took them for a test run.

Before water:

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After water:

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I clearly have some bugs to work out in the technique, and I suspect watching a video or two on watercolor painting will be helpful, but I am So Excited!

My 3 year old’s comment: “It’s a flower!”

My 8 year old’s comment: “Very nice, Mom! It actually looks like the flower it’s supposed to!”

Right on.

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I’m at the end of the query list for The Sprenkil Adventures, and while part of me is disappointed that I haven’t more to show for my efforts than a few dozen rejection letters, I blink and realize I actually HAVE a few dozen rejection letters. Which means I’ve been doing something, and there is definitely something to be said for trying.

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I’m not giving up, not yet. I’m taking a hard look at the manuscript and revising it further. I’m determined to get it under 1000 words, because I feel this needs to be a true picture book.

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I’m also going to pursue the smallish list of agents who only want author/ illustrators. I’ve dismissed it from the beginning because my drawing chops haven’t been used since 2002, but the other day I started doodling for inspiration and the thought hit me I’d be a fool to explore all other options but this one.

So I’m going for it!

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A while ago I posted a recounting of saving a hummingbird. You can look in the near future for other true animal accounts to appear on the blog! There are many tales from my childhood on the Blue Star Ranch involving llamas, cats, iguanas, chickens, and maybe the occasional snake, just to name a few.

We’re not only about horses here (although we do love them an awful lot)!